Polygamist Cult Leader’s Guilty Plea May Be Withdrawn As Co-Defendants Reject Parallel Offers

Samuel Bateman, 48, leader of a polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border, faces a precarious plea deal situation due to two co-defendants rejecting parallel offers from prosecutors—a condition crucial to Bateman’s plea, possibly leading to the withdrawal of his guilty plea. After the high-profile raid at the polygamist group’s compound in September 2022, Bateman faces 51 felony counts related to child marriages and sexual activities.

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